Here’s Some Ways To Start Being Kind Today.
Want to make this crazy world a better place? Start by practising kindness.
Kindness, costs nothing so why is it that we’re all guilty of not doing more kind, giving acts on a daily basis? Like a muscle, the spirit of kindness grows when it is exercised. Use it to grow it, ignore it and it goes into atrophy. If you need more compelling reasons why it’s cool to be kind, think of it along these lines of mine:::
KINDNESS AND HAPPINESS GO HAND IN HAND.
Want to be happier in life? Start by being kind. Whatever action you take– big or small – it’ll be a win-win for everyone. For you, the act of goodwill delivers a shot of dopamine to the brain , for the receiving party, you’ve quite likely brightened their day, maybe even their month or year.
KINDNESS CAN FOSTER A SPIRIT OF COMPASSION.
Look around you, there’s a “need to return to a long-held value of compassion – compassion and empathy”. There’s never been a better time to commit to exercising random acts of kindness on a daily basis.
KINDNESS CHANGES THE WORLD
‘People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.’ This statement is the perfect illustration why we could all do with treating each other with a little more kindness, patience and understanding. While healthy boundaries should be maintained, who would turn away from being on the receiving end of a kind gesture?
KINDNESS MAKES YOU LESS LAZY
It’s all fine to think kind thoughts but to perform an act of kindess requires concrete action on your part. Being truly kind thus “trains” you to be an individual of action and not just words. It’s not enough to promise to be more loving and kind to your partner, you actually have to do it, even if it means biting your tongue during a disagreement.
To be kind, do this…
PAUSE BEFORE YOU SPEAK:
Words can hurt and they can cause real damage when hurled in a fit of anger. So the next time you find yourself debating/disagreeing with someone, take a step back, breathe and speak with careful intention and a calm mind.
ASK “HOW CAN I HELP YOU”:
Know someone who’s going through a hard time? Offer to do something for them. And follow through on it, whatever they ask (within reason). Sometimes, all it takes is a small act of kindness to brighten someone’s day.
PAY IT FORWARD:
Give someone a treat , give a seller extra money from your pocket, in fact give generously and watch the effect take place.
SAY SOMETHING POSITIVE TO EVERYONE YOU MEET FOR A DAY:
Finding the bright side of life is challenging but it’s also life-changing – for you and the other party. Who knows it might just transform someone’s negative state of mind into something positive.
SPEND TIME WITH AN AGEING FAMILY MEMBER:
Getting old can be tough, let your elderly loved ones know they’re special to you. Whether you treat your elderly aunt to a lunch or go over to help them out with house chores, they’ll love just being in your company.
This is easier said than done, especially if someone makes an unkind comment. Instead of reacting, let the individual express themselves, once they’re done, ask what compels his/her comments and really listen without inserting your own opinion. At the end of it, you’ll be surprised how the conversation might conclude when someone feels they’re being heard.
GIVE TO THOSE IN NEED:
Just as there’s always someone richer than you, there’s always someone more in need. The gift doesn’t have to be monetary, it can be extending an opportunity to someone deserving, going out of your way for someone or just giving up your place in the queue to someone who’s in a rush.
I hope you find value in these kindness tips.